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submitted by Gaye Hegeman on 04.06.2010

Agios Anargrios, Potamos

Me with Eleni Comino at the front entrance of Agios Anargrios in May 2010. The new bell tower above the entrance replaced the old one damaged by a recent earthquake. This is the church where my grandfather, Theo Andronicos was christened in 1881by the priest Panayotis Panaretos, (son of Stavrianos, son of Minas, who were also priests).

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 13.03.2010

Procession in Mitata

This picture is from the collection of Fofo and Brettos Sklavos of Mitata. It was probably taken in the 1960 and shows a procession of children, officials and a priest walking up the road at the edge of Mitata with the council building at the back.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 04.01.2010

Agios Petros

Lovely and very old little Byzantine church, at the village of Areoi,near Mylopotamos. The photo was taken in the early eighties. I went recently to take the same photo from the same angle, but the hedges are now that overgrown that the church can not be seen from that position.The key can be obtained to view inside this lovely church....

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 20.12.2009

'' the bishop ''

the bishop of kythera at a recent service at agia ellessa.

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submitted by Mieke Coumans on 19.03.2009

Agia Barbara

Church Agia Barbara in Paleochora

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 03.02.2011

myrtitia

myrtithia on the 15th august, one of the reasons that many people come to kythera is to light a candle in the church, kiss the virgin mary icon and say a little prayer ''voutha sas''

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submitted by Kytherian Religious Consciousness on 16.12.2008

More frescoes on the roof of the Church of the Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa.

They are magnificent but there is a major problem.

Water is seaping through from the roof, when it rains, and damaging these priceless works of art. Water is not only destroying the frescoes, but lighting and other accoutrements on, and around, the ceiling, as well.

Aid with roof repairs, and damp proofing of the roof to the church oft the Panagia, Virgin Mary, of Ilariotissa in Potamos

The Ilariotissa Church in Potamos is kept in immaculate condition by the resident priest, Father Petros Mariatos, and an indefatigable Church Committee.

Father Petros Mariatos

Doctor Priest

With the Archbishop of Kythera, 2005 (far right)

Many Australian patrons also contribute to the needs of the Church . One such Australian Kytherian, is Mr John Mallos, Monterey, NSW, 2217. John accompanied George Poulos of kythera-family, Father Petros, and members of the Church Committee to inspect damage to the interior of the roof of the church.

The damaged roof is much more noticeable and distracting in view of the impeccable condition of the rest of the church. It is a tragedy that one of the largest and most beautiful churches on Kythera is being damaged in this way.

The waterproofing faults that allow this to occur must be rectified. It will be expensive to repair. The Committee is taking a very proactive stance, and has already accumulated funds in order to affect the necessary repairs.

Fr Petros and his Committee are seeking assistance to ensure that they act as quickly as possible to rectify the problem, so that the damage is kept to a minimum.

If you can assist please contact Father Petros

His contact details are:

Father Mariatos
Church of the Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa
Potamos.
Kythera. 80100
GREECE

++30 2736033339 (only after 21:30 hours)
++30 2736033330 (usually between 20:00-21:00)

and mobile: ++306977595869


History of the Church

The Building of the Church of The Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa of Potamos, Kythera. A History of Service


"The Church of the Virgin Mary of llariotissa in Potamos, one of the largest in Kythera, was constructed in 1905, and was inaugurated in 1908, when the decorative works were completed. The history of the construction is of interest because it is connected with the history of the island, and of Potamos, and the tempestuous era in Greek history at the beginning of the 20th century. Bishop Efthimios Kavvathas and Mayor Michael(Mihali) Megalokonomos played important roles. The Bishop inspired, and the May¬or organised the construction of this church. But the participation of the public counted above all. The men worked at the quarries, the Iime kilns, the scaffolds and the women at woodcutting, water transportation, weaving and embroidering. The children with their teacher were transporting the materials that ships and boats would unload, from the coast of St Pelagia to Potamos. But the penny of the poor also counted as gold, as well as donations from wealthy people from Alexandria and Smyrna. This is how the church was completed in seven months!"

- Kosmas Megalokonomos


The Church dominates the village of Potamos. As a Kytherian you only appreciate the beauty of the Church when you watch other European Christians enter the church for the first time. Its beauty is breathtaking.

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submitted by Kytherian Religious Consciousness on 16.12.2008

Frescoes on the roof of the Church of the Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa.

They are magnificent but there is a major problem.

Water is seaping through from the roof, when it rains, and damaging these priceless works of art. Water is not only destroying the frescoes, but lighting and other accoutrements on, and around, the ceiling, as well.

Aid with roof repairs, and damp proofing of the roof to the church oft the Panagia, Virgin Mary, of Ilariotissa in Potamos

The Ilariotissa Church in Potamos is kept in immaculate condition by the resident priest, Father Petros Mariatos, and an indefatigable Church Committee.

Father Petros Mariatos

Doctor Priest

With the Archbishop of Kythera, 2005 (far right)

Many Australian patrons also contribute to the needs of the Church . One such Australian Kytherian, is Mr John Mallos, Monterey, NSW, 2217. John accompanied George Poulos of kythera-family, Father Petros, and members of the Church Committee to inspect damage to the interior of the roof of the church.

The damaged roof is much more noticeable and distracting in view of the impeccable condition of the rest of the church. It is a tragedy that one of the largest and most beautiful churches on Kythera is being damaged in this way.

The waterproofing faults that allow this to occur must be rectified. It will be expensive to repair. The Committee is taking a very proactive stance, and has already accumulated funds in order to affect the necessary repairs.

Fr Petros and his Committee are seeking assistance to ensure that they act as quickly as possible to rectify the problem, so that the damage is kept to a minimum.

If you can assist please contact Father Petros

His contact details are:

Father Mariatos
Church of the Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa
Potamos.
Kythera. 80100
GREECE

++30 2736033339 (only after 21:30 hours)
++30 2736033330 (usually between 20:00-21:00)

and mobile: ++306977595869


History of the Church

The Building of the Church of The Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa of Potamos, Kythera. A History of Service


"The Church of the Virgin Mary of llariotissa in Potamos, one of the largest in Kythera, was constructed in 1905, and was inaugurated in 1908, when the decorative works were completed. The history of the construction is of interest because it is connected with the history of the island, and of Potamos, and the tempestuous era in Greek history at the beginning of the 20th century. Bishop Efthimios Kavvathas and Mayor Michael(Mihali) Megalokonomos played important roles. The Bishop inspired, and the May¬or organised the construction of this church. But the participation of the public counted above all. The men worked at the quarries, the Iime kilns, the scaffolds and the women at woodcutting, water transportation, weaving and embroidering. The children with their teacher were transporting the materials that ships and boats would unload, from the coast of St Pelagia to Potamos. But the penny of the poor also counted as gold, as well as donations from wealthy people from Alexandria and Smyrna. This is how the church was completed in seven months!"

- Kosmas Megalokonomos

The Church dominates the village of Potamos. As a Kytherian you only appreciate the beauty of the Church when you watch other European Christians enter the church for the first time. Its beauty is breathtaking.

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submitted by Kytherian Religious Consciousness on 16.12.2008

Church of the Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa, Potamos.

Dominating the streetscape in central Potamos. One of the largest and most magnificent churches on the island.

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submitted by Kytherian Religious Consciousness on 16.12.2008

Icon from the Church of the Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa, Potamos.

One of the largest and most beautiful churches on the island.

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submitted by Kytherian Religious Consciousness on 16.12.2008

Interior of the Church of the Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa.

One of the largest and most beautifully maintained churches on Kythera.

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 16.12.2008

Magnificent interior of the Church of Ayios Haralmbos, Karavas.

The Church is one of the best maintained in the island.

Most of the interior is in superb condition, but some dampness has recently developed on the southern wall.

This has been discussed previously:

Theo Kapatanios Poulos & George Hihlis Poulos, Executive Members of the Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney, examined the damage in September 2008.

Outline as to how the damage occurred

A row of large trees had been planted in the earth about 3 metres to the left of the southern side wall of the Church at Ayios Haralambos.

Over time the roots raised the cocncrete slab that buts up to the Church on the right.

This caused water to gather against the lower face of the wall, causing, for the first time, moisture to "capillary feed" to the interior of the church.

This problem needs to be rectified as quickly as possible.

The solution is to break up and remove the concrete slab, and to re-lay the slab in a way that allows the water to flow away from the Church walls.

On the front of the building a "raising" of the entry steps, is causing a similar dampness problem at the front of the building.

It is proposed that both problems be rectified simultaneously. This will require considerable funds.

If you can see your way clear to donate some funds to rectify this problem, please send funds to

Father Panayoti Diakopoulos, Karavas, Kythera, Greece.

Or Contact members of the Karavitiko Symposium in Australia;

George <i>Hihlis</i> Poulos

Theo Kapetanios Poulos

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 16.12.2008

Father Panayoti Diakopoulos, and Theo Kapatanios Poulos,

at the Church of Ayios Haralambos. Karavas, September, 2008.

They have just completed inspecting some of the damage caused by dampness in the church.

Theo Kapatanios Poulos is an Executive Member of the Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney.

Outline as to how the damage occurred

A row of large trees had been planted in the earth about 3 metres to the left of the southern side wall of the Church at Ayios Haralambos.

Over time the roots raised the cocncrete slab that buts up to the Church on the right.

This caused water to gather against the lower face of the wall, causing, for the first time, moisture to "capillary feed" to the interior of the church.

This problem needs to be rectified as quickly as possible.

The solution is to break up and remove the concrete slab, and to re-lay the slab in a way that allows the water to flow away from the Church walls.

On the front of the building a "raising" of the entry steps, is causing a similar dampness problem at the front of the building.

It is proposed that both problems be rectified simultaneously. This will require considerable funds.

If you can see your way clear to donate some funds to rectify this problem, please send funds to

Father Panayoti Diakopoulos, Karavas, Kythera, Greece.

Or Contact members of the Karavitiko Symposium in Australia;

George <i>Hihlis</i> Poulos

Theo Kapetanios Poulos

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 16.12.2008

Front steps. Ayios Haralambos Church, Karavas.

The steps have been raised by natural causes over the years, causing the water to flow back into the Church.

This is one of two dampness problems effecting Ayios Haralambos at the moment.

The first is that, a row of large trees had been planted in the earth about 3 metres to the left of the southern side wall of the Church at Ayios Haralambos.

Over time the roots raised the cocncrete slab that buts up to the Church on the right.

This caused water to gather against the lower face of the wall, causing, for the first time, moisture to "capillary feed" to the interior of the church.

This problem needs to be rectified as quickly as possible.

The solution is to break up and remove the concrete slab, and to re-lay the slab in a way that allows the water to flow away from the Church walls.

To repeat: on the front of the building a "raising" of the entry steps, is causing a similar dampness problem at the front of the building.

It is proposed that both problems be rectified simultaneously. This will require considerable funds.

If you can see your way clear to donate some funds to rectify this problem, please send funds to

Father Panayoti Diakopoulos, Karavas, Kythera, Greece.

Or Contact members of the Karavitiko Symposium in Australia;

George <i>Hihlis</i> Poulos

Theo Kapetanios Poulos

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 16.12.2008

Longer view of the southern side of the Church of Ayios Haralambos, Karavas

Note the earth surround on the left hand (southern) side.

A row of large trees had been planted in the earth there. Over time the roots raised the cocncrete slab that buts up to the Church on the right.

This caused water to gather against the lower face of the wall, causing, for the first time, moisture to "capillary feed" to the interior of the church.

This problem needs to be rectified as quickly as possible.

The solution is to break up and remove the concrete slab, and to re-lay the slab in a way that allows the water to flow away from the Church walls.

On the front of the building a "raising" of the entry steps, is causing a similar dampness problem at the front of the building.

It is proposed that both problems be rectified simultaneously. This will require considerable funds.

If you can see your way clear to donate some funds to rectify this problem, please send funds to

Father Panayoti Diakopoulos, Karavas, Kythera, Greece.

Or Contact members of the Karavitiko Symposium in Australia;

George <i>Hihlis</i> Poulos

Theo Kapetanios Poulos

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 16.12.2008

Tree stump. Southern verge, Church of Ayios Haralambos, Karavas.

The story of why this tree stump is important enough to photograph, ensures:

In the past, a row of large trees had been planted in the verge that lies to the south of the Church of Ayios Haralambos, Karavas.

Southern side wall, Church of Ayios Haralambos, Karavas

Over time the roots raised the cocncrete slab that buts up to the Church on the right.

This caused water to gather against the lower face of the wall, causing, for the first time, moisture to "capillary feed" to the interior of the church.

This problem needs to be rectified as quickly as possible.

The solution is to break up and remove the concrete slab, and to re-lay the slab in a way that allows the water to flow away from the Church walls.

On the front of the building a "raising" of the entry steps, is causing a similar dampness problem at the front of the building.

It is proposed that both problems be rectified simultaneously. This will require considerable funds.

If you can see your way clear to donate some funds to rectify this problem, please send funds to

Father Panayoti Diakopoulos, Karavas, Kythera, Greece.

Or Contact members of the Karavitiko Symposium in Australia;

George <i>Hihlis</i> Poulos

Theo Kapetanios Poulos

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submitted by Karavitiko Symposium, Sydney on 16.12.2008

Southern wall of the Church of Ayios Haralambos, Karavas

Note the earth surround on the left hand (southern) side.

A row of large trees had been planted in the earth there. Over time the roots raised the cocncrete slab that buts up to the Church on the right.

This caused water to gather against the lower face of the wall, causing, for the first time, moisture to "capillary feed" to the interior of the church.

This problem needs to be rectified as quickly as possible.

The solution is to break up and remove the concrete slab, and to re-lay the slab in a way that allows the water to flow away from the Church walls.

On the front of the building a "raising" of the entry steps, is causing a similar dampness problem at the front of the building.

It is proposed that both problems be rectified simultaneously. This will require considerable funds.

If you can see your way clear to donate some funds to rectify this problem, please send funds to

Father Panayoti Diakopoulos, Karavas, Kythera, Greece.

Or Contact members of the Karavitiko Symposium in Australia;

George <i>Hihlis</i> Poulos

Theo Kapetanios Poulos

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submitted by George Poulos on 24.10.2008

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika.

View across the rooftop at sunset.

The Feast Day of Saint George is on 23rd April.

The photograph of the church has been added here in response to a plea in the Sept 2008 Newsletter, from Maria (Marcellos) Whyte.

Maria's email here

"I respectfully ask for any assistance my fellow Kytherians may be able to give me, as a tribute to my family, not to allow Louradianika be forgotten. I have no photos, only memories which are as vivid today, as they were when I was a girl of 15, but I would like to share this village of happy memories with my fellow Kytherians".

There is only one entry road to the village of Lourandianika, because about 50 metres past the small church of Ayios Yeoryi the road ends.

Although it is not clear from the road sign photographs, the road runs off to Lourandianika on an angle at the signpost, (and not on the same plane as Firi Ammos and Kalamos).

View of the signpost from behind and above, towards Kato Livathi

Map showing clearly the turnoff down to Lourandianika

The church of Ayios Yeoryi is small, but extremely well maintained. I had not read the Newsletter at the time I visited, so I did not not look carefully for, or at, the gravesites around the church.

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View Facing North

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View Facing South

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View across the rooftop at sunset

Cousin Theo Poulos and I were stunned by the quality of the fully sealed tarred road that leads to this cul-de-sac. If every road on the island was sealed to this quality, then.....

There are about 5 houses in the village. We met the elderly residents who live in the last well maintained traditional cottage.

House at the end of the road in Lourandianika

Elderly male. Lourandianika. 2008

The elderly lady declined to be photographed.

Frontage of the last house on the road to Lourandianika

Ruined House. Towards the end of the road leading to Lourandianika

Looking into the ruined house, Lourandianika

Stable wall at sunset. Lourandianika, 2008

The second last house on the left as you drive to the Church is quite large, modern, and extremely well maintained. Unfortunately by the time we went to photograph it, the night had set it, and our photographs did not develop properly.

The village of Lourandianika gave us the impression of our own village, Karavas - an idyllic setting, far from noise, cares, and woes. A little world unto itself.

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submitted by George Poulos on 24.10.2008

Chuch of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika.

View facing South.

The Feast Day of Saint George is on 23rd April.

The photograph of the church has been added here in response to a plea in the Sept 2008 Newsletter, from Maria (Marcellos) Whyte.

Maria's email here

"I respectfully ask for any assistance my fellow Kytherians may be able to give me, as a tribute to my family, not to allow Louradianika be forgotten. I have no photos, only memories which are as vivid today, as they were when I was a girl of 15, but I would like to share this village of happy memories with my fellow Kytherians".

There is only one entry road to the village of Lourandianika, because about 50 metres past the small church of Ayios Yeoryi the road ends.

Although it is not clear from the road sign photographs, the road runs off to Lourandianika on an angle at the signpost, (and not on the same plane as Firi Ammos and Kalamos).

View of the signpost from behind and above, towards Kato Livathi

Map showing clearly the turnoff down to Lourandianika

The church of Ayios Yeoryi is small, but extremely well maintained. I had not read the Newsletter at the time I visited, so I did not not look carefully for, or at, the gravesites around the church.

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View Facing North

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View Facing South

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View across the rooftop at sunset

Cousin Theo Poulos and I were stunned by the quality of the fully sealed tarred road that leads to this cul-de-sac. If every road on the island was sealed to this quality, then.....

There are about 5 houses in the village. We met the elderly residents who live in the last well maintained traditional cottage.

House at the end of the road in Lourandianika

Elderly male. Lourandianika. 2008

The elderly lady declined to be photographed.

Frontage of the last house on the road to Lourandianika

Ruined House. Towards the end of the road leading to Lourandianika

Looking into the ruined house, Lourandianika

Stable wall at sunset. Lourandianika, 2008

The second last house on the left as you drive to the Church is quite large, modern, and extremely well maintained. Unfortunately by the time we went to photograph it, the night had set it, and our photographs did not develop properly.

The village of Lourandianika gave us the impression of our own village, Karavas - an idyllic setting, far from noise, cares, and woes. A little world unto itself.

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submitted by George Poulos on 24.10.2008

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika.

The view when facing North.

A small, but very well preserved church in a tiny village.

The Feast Day of Saint George is on 23rd April.

The photograph of the church has been added here in response to a plea in the Sept 2008 Newsletter, from Maria (Marcellos) Whyte.

Maria's email here

"I respectfully ask for any assistance my fellow Kytherians may be able to give me, as a tribute to my family, not to allow Louradianika be forgotten. I have no photos, only memories which are as vivid today, as they were when I was a girl of 15, but I would like to share this village of happy memories with my fellow Kytherians".

There is only one entry road to the village of Lourandianika, because about 50 metres past the small church of Ayios Yeoryi the road ends.

Although it is not clear from the road sign photographs, the road runs off to Lourandianika on an angle at the signpost, (and not on the same plane as Firi Ammos and Kalamos).

View of the signpost from behind and above, towards Kato Livathi

Map showing clearly the turnoff down to Lourandianika

The church of Ayios Yeoryi is small, but extremely well maintained. I had not read the Newsletter at the time I visited, so I did not not look carefully for, or at, the gravesites around the church.

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View Facing North

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View Facing South

Church of Ayios Yeoryios, Lourandianika. View across the rooftop at sunset

Cousin Theo Poulos and I were stunned by the quality of the fully sealed tarred road that leads to this cul-de-sac. If every road on the island was sealed to this quality, then.....

There are about 5 houses in the village. We met the elderly residents who live in the last well maintained traditional cottage.

House at the end of the road in Lourandianika

Elderly male. Lourandianika. 2008

The elderly lady declined to be photographed.

Frontage of the last house on the road to Lourandianika

Ruined House. Towards the end of the road leading to Lourandianika

Looking into the ruined house, Lourandianika

Stable wall at sunset. Lourandianika, 2008

The second last house on the left as you drive to the Church is quite large, modern, and extremely well maintained. Unfortunately by the time we went to photograph it, the night had set it, and our photographs did not develop properly.

The village of Lourandianika gave us the impression of our own village, Karavas - an idyllic setting, far from noise, cares, and woes. A little world unto itself.